- Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has reacted to rumours regarding a comment on "northern domination of Nigeria"
- In a statement he signed himself on Monday, January 23, 2023, the professor of literature disclosed that he never made such a comment
- The literary icon noted further that the essay falsely attributed to him was a result of the "sharp practices of Internet trolls" with their own negative agenda
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On Monday, January 23, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, debunked a quote on northern hegemony attributed to him by a former director general of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, a report by The Guardian confirmed.
Soyinka maintained that the former DG had fallen victim to “Nigeria’s fake attribution industry which has now attained hideous social dimensions.”
Soyinka clears the air
Akinterinwa, who is the current director general of Bolytag Centre for International Diplomacy and Strategic Studies (BOCIDASS), had, in an article published in a national daily, quoted Soyinka as saying northern Nigeria will continue to control the government, no matter who becomes president because they (north) created a fraudulent constitution and population.
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Debunking the quote, Soyinka, in a statement he personally signed, on Monday, said,
“It is simply unfortunate that Akinterinwa has fallen for the operations of Nigeria’s fake attribution industry, which has now attained hideous social dimensions."
Is Soyinka a Christian, Muslim or Orisa worshipper? His true religion finally revealed
Legit.ng reported earlier that Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate, and a professor of Literature disclosed that he is not a Christian, Muslim or an Orisa worshipper.
The literary icon made the disclosure during a public presentation of a two-volume collection of his essays titled 'Of Power and Freedom' and the forthcoming release of his collection of poems.
The event, which was held at the Alliance Françoise, Mike Adenuga Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos, was tagged 'A Special Soyinka Retrospective'.
During a question and answer session of the programme, the professor was asked which religion he actually practices.
2023: Same faith ticket controversial, ill-timed, says Wole Soyinka
Meanwhile, the winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, Prof Wole Soyinka gave his submission concerning the candidacy of APC’s presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima.
The renowned playwright, during an interview on Channels Television’s NewsNight on Monday, August 22, 2022 said he does not care if the president and his vice is of the Muslim fate so long they have the capabilities to unite the country.
“I don’t give a dam* if the president, the vice-president, the speaker, etc all come from the same village, they have the same religion, they belong to the same tribe.”